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PHeller leelau's article
Jul 26, 2016 at 14:51
Jul 26, 2016
Economic Impacts of Mountain Biking Tourism - 2016 Update
@sheldonuvic: I think there is significant demand to bring MTB into cities, but its a hard fight in places where city parks are little islands of dirt surrounded by private property. We're lucky in the west, we've got big cities surrounded by national and state parks, national forests and BLM land. As the density of cities ramp up, the number of trails fall, and the drive time to reach the trail head increases. California is guilty of this. Likewise, there are places in the southern USA where "Green Belts" could really attract lots of new residents to otherwise geriatric communities, but the foresight to reserve land for such trail development never happened. Tallahassee and Ocala are great examples of what could have been in Florida. Asheville is a rad town with great riding, but a stiff job and housing market. I can't think of too many places in the southeast where one can ride to a good paying job, after work ride to decent trail mileage and a hit local grocery before going home.
PHeller leelau's article
Jul 26, 2016 at 14:13
Jul 26, 2016
Economic Impacts of Mountain Biking Tourism - 2016 Update
Right on, Brice. I don't know if I'd move back to Reading, but quite a few of the spots on your trip interested me, as do Chattanooga and Anniston. Unfortunately while mountain biking and trail development can certainly increase the quality of life for current residents, and often times may be a great inexpensive way to explorer a new area on a road trip or vacation, most towns that see substantial economic benefits from mountain biking are usually pretty small, meaning lack of economic opportunities for those who might want to live there full-time. Cities and towns alike need to think of outdoor recreation as something to make an already strong job market more attractive to future residents. Likewise, some of these small towns with great trails need to work better at attracting employers outside of the tourism industry. It'd be awesome if someone did a study of "miles of non-paved trails within metro area" for some of the strongest job markets in North America. I'm a sure a "miles of MTB trails per capita" would be really disappointing in most of those places. Likewise, the cost of living in most places with substantial trail systems would probably be pretty high.
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Jul 24, 2016 at 7:44
Jul 24, 2016
@isaacschmidt: You moved? Or visiting family?

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Jul 22, 2016 at 12:33
Jul 22, 2016
Did Issac leave Arizona?

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Jul 22, 2016 at 7:30
Jul 22, 2016
this is not phoenix.

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